Finding Hope

dsc01007 Hope is all bundled up for the winter as I continue to tell you about her. She’s got herself primped and blow dried for this post. Please remember to tell her how she looks because she spent a long time with the brush and dryer. Girls I tell you!

Shy as she is, initially she didn’t want the attention blogging can bring, but after the compliments she got from the first post, she can’t wait to get her story heard. I personally think she enjoys the photo shoots and paparazzi.

So as I was saying she got her first aid on the evening of 7th October and she went to Top Dog vet clinic for 4 days straight. She was in a lot of pain so travelling was very difficult, but she pulled through. Dr. Chausalkar suggested that we take her to Dr. Prathamesh for further consult because it was spinal injury. He conducted thorough examination and informed me that she needs to rest for 1 month before he could comment about her future.

modi-kanan-01-aug-16-cr-from-10-oct-16-s0-i0One thing that all doctors told me was that prognosis was guarded because of the nature of her injury and her age. Surgery was ruled out because there are no options for such tiny bodies.  Besides, she was still unstable and quite traumatized from her accident. The plan was to stabilize her for a month before we could decide anything at all.

modi-kanan-01-aug-16-cr-from-10-oct-16-mangesh-1-s2-i0So for one month baby Hope was given extensive medication and round the clock feeding every 4 hours. We had to ensure she was warm (kittens have a higher body temperature than humans). She had to be given water at the right intervals to combat her dehydration. Bladder stimulation was as essential as everything else. Through this period, she had the best foster mama any kitten could have got. Anita aunty gave it her all to take care of Hope. That too when she had 11 other cats at home. She sacrificed even her sleep to restore Hope’s health.

At this time, Hope was given alternate healing daily. I cannot tell you how much peace that brought her and us. Most days, we were over worked because of her condition. Alternate healing in the form of Reiki and Quantum 2 kept us grounded. Hope made me want to learn Reiki and practice it. She responded so well to energy healing that I could actually see her sleep and health improve.

fotorcreated14-novAnita aunty discovered that her kisses were Hope’s treats. She would lay thousands of kisses on Hope every day and she taught me to do the same. When Hope came to me after 3 weeks with aunty, my sister was visiting us. I was quite nervous because she was delicate but my sister took over and learnt bladder stimulation from aunty. This is one of the most delicate things to perform. One has to put just the right pressure lest the bladder bursts. Devanshi would take care of all of Hope’s needs. She would play with Hope and took her to a point where she started extending her front legs like a handshake. Oh that was a day!

Soon, it was 26 November, 2016. The day of reckoning for Hope’s human family. Dr. Prathamesh was supposed to tell us whether or not Hope would be a normal kitty. We were so close to her that our whole existence revolved around her. We would talk to her, sing to her, tell her stories, watch movies with her and this kitten would respond to all this human interaction like a boss! We bounced into the clinic thinking about nothing but good news.

DSC00995.JPGHe went about his examination for a full twenty minutes. He turned to me and said she had lost all pain sensations in her limbs and would remain like this forever. He suggested me to put her down because she had Degenerative Spinal Disease and that would slowly fail her organs. Here I was, holding a kitten so full of life and naughtiness, and the verdict was that she would never walk again. I left the clinic and cried all the way home.

All this time, Hope was consoling me. She nibbled on my fingers, licked my hand, kept bumping her head on my nose. It was as if she was telling me that she is too strong to be brought down by this prognosis. She came home and went about her day like nothing had happened. I on the other hand was shattered. We met a few other doctors after that but they all said the same thing.

DSC01046.JPGWe have come a long way since then. Homeopaths Dr. Ashima and Renu Nath are supporting us. She takes medicines every 2 hours and has grown beautiful by the day. Her zeal for life is just the same. She overcame a week of bloody diarrhea like it was nothing. Hope has taught me that if you have love, you have everything. She isn’t bothered about her handicaps in the least.

She loves watching my other cats run around. She tries to befriend them, but so far they haven’t warmed up to her. Humans are her best friends and she gives her love to any one who comes to meet her. She will lick your hand and purr excitedly at anyone who caresses her body. She has a great memory and remembers all those who have been there for her.

DSC01055.JPGEvery day I see her, I realize the power of inner strength and patience. She cannot run, she cannot curl up against me like my other cats, she cannot even eat on her own. She has to rely on me for a drink of water even. And yet, this girl loves herself and her gift of life more than anything else in the world. She waits patiently for the cats to come to her room and play around her. Nothing brings her down. She is always happy.

To all those who will read this story, I ask that your keep her in your prayers. Please tell her story to your friends and family because Hope has a marvelous life. She may never be like a normal kitten physically, but she has the strength and valor of a hundred cats. One needs to see it to believe it actually. How many of us would remain positive if we were like this? I cannot even answer for my own self, let alone others.

Pray for Hope.

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Hope

whatsapp-image-2016-10-18-at-9-46-20-amHope was found on the evening of 7th October, 2016 by my uncle and his cat. He called me and could barely explain what he was witnessing. I rushed to the spot with a basket and some money knowing that I had very little time.

She was found spread eagled as in the picture, trying to shout but mute from her injuries, completely motionless. How she got there no one knows. She was in tremendous pain. For a kitten of only 4 weeks she was suffering much more than most of us suffer in a lifetime.

The vets at Top Dog Clinic gave her timely treatment. She was given first aid for the bleeding wound, a pain killer, anti-inflammatory medicine, an antibiotic and saline. She was diagnosed with a critical spinal injury, severe dehydration and worm load and given 48 hours to live.

On the night of 7th fotorcreated14-novOctober, she cried non stop. She couldn’t sleep. Every time she tried, she be woken by nightmares of the incident. She would try to scream but no sound came out. She was given Reiki and Quantum Q2 healing for 3 days in a row. 50 ml of fluid and 3 days later she had not peed even once. I was afraid that she may die of urine poisoning.

We were starting to see that she had no control over her body and was fully paralyzed. The vets finally expressed her bladder on the 4th day. By then she was so full that she couldn’t breathe. She had to be given oxygen.

My Hope is a fighter and through my blog, I want to tell her story. She was given 48 hours to live and she is still with us 4 months later, fighting strong. She is as paralyzed as she was on the day she was found, but Hope has a spirit that no one will ever have.

This kitten has been with me through the toughest year of my life and she has taught me one thing among others: Faith. Through this series I will share with you my journey with Hope and all I ask is that you pray for her each day. Pray that we are able to find a cure for her. Pray that she can run around like other kittens. Pray that she can crawl up on her human’s chest like all your kittens have done at some point in your day.

Pray for Hope.

“Did you feed that cow today?”

Parents wish to teach their children about religion from a young age. They send children to dharamshalas to learn about religious scriptures, to temples to learn about religious practices and god. While imparting these life lessons to young minds they inadvertently commit a fundamental atrocity to the life of other beings in the environment.  Does this sound familiar?

cf3f0570-6dc7-4345-a585-45c47365bcd4.jpgYou went to the temple with your grandparents one Sunday morning, bathed, dressed and smelling of fresh soap and powder. You chanted the religious mantra of your god, accepted prasada and came out to feed the cows standing outside. You were told that feeding cows will always bring you wealth and happiness. You were fascinated by the gentle giants before you, who accepted grass from your tiny hands. You asked, “Dada, where do cows live?” and were told about a magical place called a Gaushala where they lived with their families and had a great life. You asked, “Why is she tied?” and were told that is so she doesn’t run away and hurt herself. Your little mind spotted the flies surrounding her, the dung stuck to her body and the distress in her eyes but you dismissed all this because you were told by a trusted source that she was okay. Thus, started your journey of believing that animals are meant to be this way – they survive everything. They have some magical mechanism to overcome all obstacles.

Here is the reality of what happens to these cows that are so “gently tethered” to electric poles outside temples so we can earn some punya. These cows are nothing but a business commodity for the cow mafia.

  1. They are tied outside temples so money can be made out the grass and laddoos a1aebd93-54f8-4db7-a97f-7c2e3535fe1c.jpgpeople feed them. They are not fed if no one buys grass that day – or overfed in the name of good.
  2. They are leased so no gaushala maintenance will be needed.
  3. They are kept there all day and night even when “business” hours end. No one cares if it rains or is hot.
  4. The ropes used to tie them are barely a few inches long and sometimes they remain standing for days on end because the rope is too tight to sit.
  5. Harmless looking old women, who can barely walk themselves, are made to herd them because people will take pity on them.
  6. Cops, BMC and temple trusts are all bought in on this racket – they will never stop cows from standing at busy roads because they get haftas
  7. When they become healthy enough they are sold for beef.
  8. As per the law, you cannot confiscate a cow until you can prove that you will manage her upkeep. So regular joes like you and me cannot save them unless a gaushala wishes to take them.
  9. Gaushalas that truly work for the benefit of cows- not forcibly inseminating them for milk or selling them for beef are in a debilitating condition. Cows there have barely one meal a day to eat.
  10. One to two day old calves are also not spared. At a time when they need mother’s milk, they are separated from the mother and brought out for business because people feed them more – food they don’t even know how to eat!

How do I know all this? What is the basis of my research? I freed 2 cows and a calf a couple of days ago and found this out for myself. Stood at the spot for 4 hours before taking any action. They are now safe at my gaushala. Ever since, I am flooded with calls to rescue cows all over the place – some I can and will save and some I will not be able to alone – they are owned by an MP famous for amorous activities.

Citizens need to stop this practise NOW. If you wish to feed cows, go to respected gaushalas and feed them there. No need for any monetary donations – just make a day of it and care for them in an environment where they are truly safe. One suggestion is celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and promotions by giving back to the society. Double your joy by saving lives.

Don’t keep quiet when you see animals being ill-treated. It is your business to speak up. If not you then who? It is a myth that they survive and this is how they are meant to be or this is what animals deserve. They don’t! Animals are sentinent beings. More intelligent and compassionate than most humans will ever be! You think the cow likes this? You really think she cannot stop you from tethering her? You really think she cannot hit you back if you hit her once? She doesn’t because she knows its wrong! Learn from this and stop this nonsensical practice where you think you’re getting some punya – you’re not. God doesn’t want this and doesn’t like it either.

 

 

If

Rudyard Kipling has very succinctly preached how a boy can become a true man. It’s one of my favorite poems – helped me through many tough times. I return to it every time I’m in my deepest lows, and for some time, I’m 14 again – I can restart myself.

The other day, it struck me, that women today – surrounded by possibilities to achieve their ambitions – might need  to return to ‘If’ too. In the history of all womankind, today is the best time for all women. They have gained their freedom from most oppression and are able to achieve their goals. However, while competing with men, they are being made to compete with each other too.

Today’s woman is educated, bold and articulate – but most of them still carry old times with them. Just imagine a world where all women stood together – without all the bitching, politics, pettiness – and fought for equal pay, fought against rape, eve-teasing, domestic violence, trafficking and all other issues that still ail them.

Women are being foolish in comparing themselves with men – they are achievers in their own right! All they need is each other.

If you can love yourself when all about you

Shame you for your weight, body or for just being you;

If you can be positive inside no matter what,

Respect yourself and your body too;

 

If you can bear to speak the truth,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

Or try to protect other women from this plight:

 

If you seek beauty – and not make it your master;

If you seek popularity – and don’t bully for personal gain;

If you can be Head Cheerleader and Prom Queen

And not prize these titles above being Human[e];

 

If you can give credit where credit is due,

Nurture your underlings with compassion;

If you can withstand leg pulling and differentiation

And protect others from facing it too;

 

If you can love your daughter and daughter-in-law the same,

Support them both for their own sake;

If you can teach your son right from wrong,

The strength, ability and respect of other women;

 

If you can stand up to societal wrongs,

And nip crimes and haters in the bud;

If you can raise your voice for the voiceless,

And give them strength to be like you;

 

If you can accept the end of a relationship,

With mutual respect and understanding;

If you can put your children above pettiness,

And not give way to alienating;

 

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Woman of worth.

 

 

Children of Motherland – Fighting Mange

Recently I have started a fight against Mange or Scabies. I know it is a tough and unrelentless battle that consumes both the human and animal, but I really want to see it go.  I beli…

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